Matt Gaetz says he wants to hire Kyle Rittenhouse as a congressional intern
Matt Gaetz speaks to House Judiciary Committee (Fox News/screen grab)

Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz told right-wing network Newsmax on Wednesday night that he wants to hire Kyle Rittenhouse as a congressional intern.

"He is not guilty," Gaetz said of Rittenhouse, as a jury continued its deliberations in his murder trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

"He deserves a not guilty verdict, and I sure hope he gets it, because you know what, Kyle Rittenhouse would probably make a pretty good congressional intern," Gaetz added. "We may reach out to him and see if he'd be interested in helping the country in additional ways."

Gaetz also defended "QAnon Shaman" Jacob Chansley, who was sentenced to 41 months in prison on Wednesday for his role in the Captiol insurrection.

"This QAnon shaman is like a relatively harmless, nonviolent vegan, and the notion that he's got to be in prison for three-and-a-half years to settle some sort of political score, defies justice," Gaetz said. "The American people deserve a Department of Justice that is the least political agency in Washington, and instead what we've got is a Department of Justice that is the most political agency in Washington."

Gaetz is himself under investigation by the DOJ for allegedly sex-trafficking a minor. He has denied wrongdoing.

Matt Gaetz on Newsmax